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Atlanta GA  6-23-2017

Super Senior World Pickleball Championships is now open for registration on pickleballtournaments.com.  The tournament is being hosted by Spalding County Pickleball Association, located just 35 miles south of Atlanta, Georgia.  This new world class facility is the perfect venue to host a World Championship Tournament.   Hope to see you there October 23-25 for some southern hospitality.  

For more information regarding SSIPA, go online to SSIPA-PB.ORG or see the listing on pickleballtournaments.com or at USAPA.org.  The Super Senior World Pickleball Championships are sanctioned by the USAPA.  SSIPA and USAPA membership is required.

Albuquerque NM  5-24-2017    from Larry Lite

18 new outdoor courts opens to the public 

The new Manzano Mesa Pickleball Complex is now open to the public featuring 18 LED lit pickleball courts.

City officials were on hand to open the new courts which got immediate news coverage..READ ARTICLE AND FILM HERE

On June 3rd A “Learn to Play Pickleball” citywide event is taking place in an effort to expand the sport.

The site will host the New Mexico Seniors Games this year and the National Seniors Games in 2018 and 2019

Sierra Vista    5-24-2017    from Tom Starrs

Four new outdoor courts at the Oscar Yrun Community Center

The City just built FOUR new permanent courts at the community center in Sierra Vista's Oscar Yrun Community Center SEE ARTICLE

The new courts are lit and play is from 4am to 10pm seven days a week, 

This adds to the three courts painted next to the basketball court behind the Rec Center. For those three the center has portable nets, paddles and balls available for check out (free) 8-5 weekdays.  A total of seven courts are now available.

Costa Rica    4-30-2017    from Tony & Celeste Horpel

Pickleball's Growth in Costa Rica

As most of you may know, 3 years ago we started Pickleball in Costa Rica. (Just recently, Costa Rica was added to the SouthWest Region, thus the update to our logo).  We have experienced steady growth and even more so when I became the ambassador here!  Our goal is to grow the sport throughout the entire country by focus recruiting local Costa Ricans and Expats with hand/eye sports experience.  A third dimension is to expose this beautiful country to pickleball players all over the world by encouraging them to vacation or join us on pickleball tours.  The tours give them a taste of the country and hopefully they will return sometime in the not too distant future to vacation or even move here and help us grow!  For more about Tony and Celeste please go to this link: www.PickleballCostaRica.com

Goodyear, AZ     4-5-2017    from Ron Wilks

Growth in the Southwest Valley outside of Phoenix

Goodyear Recreational Center has added lines to their 4 tennis courts and the Goodyear Tennis Complex.

The tennis pro at the Goodyear Rec Center will be hosting a fun kids event called Strings & Paddles, this event will feature kids 10 years and under playing a combined tennis/pickleball tournament with volunteers from the local southwest pickleball clubs.

In March the Canta Mia Adult Community held their 3rd club invitational tournament where they invited local southwest valley clubs together for a fun tournament.

The Sundance adult community in Buckeye will hold a similar event on April 22nd and 23rd and will invite local clubs to participate.

Litchfield Park Pickleball Club continues to grow. The club began 4 years ago and has grown with many new players from Canada, in fact 60% of the players are from our friends up north.

Prescott, AZ     3-25-2017    from Bob Atherton

8 New Public Courts Nearing Completion in Prescott

First the dirt, then the rebar, and now the concrete: Work is progressing quickly at the pickleball courts that will be the latest feature at Pioneer Park.

The new eight-court complex – largely a volunteer effort – broke ground in the northeast-Prescott park in February, and organizers expect it to be open for play by May.

Volunteer Randy Price, a pickleball enthusiast who has been overseeing the construction, said the concrete work is expected to be complete this week or early next week. That will set off about a month of curing (hardening) for the completed concrete, after which an acrylic coat will be applied.

Depending on the weather, Price said, the courts should be ready for play by early May.

That will be good news for the hundreds of pickleball devotees in the community, say organizers of the project.

“There is a huge demand (for pickleball courts),” Price said. Estimates have the number of players in the community at about 1,000, he added.

Peg Travers, a Prescott Pickleball Association organizer who has spearheaded much of the fundraising for the project, agreed. “I predict it’s going to be flooded with people the day it opens,” she said.

Although a push for public pickleball courts has been underway for years, Travers says the fundraising effort for the Pioneer Park project began about a year ago.

Early on, she approached Prescott Recreation Services Director Joe Baynes and the Prescott City Council about a location, and got a go-ahead for the Pioneer Park spot.

The Prescott City Council later agreed to contribute $25,000 in matching funds to the effort, and Yavapai County agreed to put in a parking lot, Price said.

Since then, City Councilwoman Billie Orr, an advocate of the courts, pointed out that the effort has raised nearly $150,000 toward the cost of the complex.

Travers said that included contributions from a number of local businesses, developers and organizations. Currently, the total contributions stands at about $147,000, she said, along with another $50,000 to $60,000 in “in-kind” donations of services.

And the fundraising is still ongoing, Travers said. “We had enough to build the courts, so we decided to go ahead,” she said. But the group is still hoping to raise another $25,000 or so to help with landscaping. An effort is also underway to get lighting at the courts, which would allow for nighttime play, she said.

The new Pioneer Park complex will be the first public outdoor pickleball courts in the area, Price said, and among the first in the state.

Noting that while courts are available in a number of local subdivisions and at churches, Price emphasized that the Pioneer Park complex would be open to the public and available for use free of charge.

Located next to the Brownlow Trailhead along Commerce Drive, the pickleball courts will include a paved parking lot that will include two handicap spaces, and about a half-dozen regular spaces.

Once open, the courts will be under the supervision of the Prescott Recreation Services Department.

Phoenix, AZ     3-24-2017

25 New Courts Planned for Phoenix

Over two years ago, USAPA Ambassador Joan Gillespie posed a simple question to a representative of parks and recreation in Phoenix; “Why can’t we play pickleball on any of the dozens of public tennis courts?”

Today we have an answer.

On March 23, 2017 the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board passed in favor of building 25 pickleball courts at three city parks.  Danielle A. Poveromo, Deputy Director, City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Northeast Division, presented to the board the goal to build 16 new courts at Pecos Park, 6 courts at Paseo Highlands Park and 3 courts at Rose Mofford Park by the end of 2017.

Local USAPA Ambassadors have been discussing the build program with representatives from parks and recreation for those past two years and offered support in maintaining the courts, establishing and running tournaments, pickleball class offerings and developing community relations in the areas surrounding the three parks.

A frame work at Pecos Park has already been established and is seen as the prototype of growth for pickleball in Phoenix.

Beginner and Intermediate classes have already been formed and established in the first quarter of 2017, and plans are already underway to expand the class offerings for the 2017/2018 calendar year.

USAPA District Ambassador, Central Arizona, Steve Manolis, a Certified Pickleball Teaching Pro and currently heads the training classes and clinics on public courts in Phoenix and Chandler.

According to Steve, “we have fostered a great relationship with the city through Inger Erickson, Director of Parks and Recreation, and her staff as well as other parks personal in Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert.”

“That relationship will remain strong and important as continue to develop an extensive program which will allow continued growth for the game throughout the Phoenix Metro area.”

The ultimate goal is to establish Pecos Park as a multi-purpose pickleball facility that offers everything from beginner introduction to pickleball to advance player camps, kid camps, sanctioned and non-sanctioned events, open play, round robin format play, referee training and more.

“By the end of 2017 the area will see nearly 50 new public courts in 4 key cities”, according to Steve, “we will have those 25 in Phoenix, 8-10 in Gilbert, 8-12 in Chandler and at least 6 in Tempe; all public courts.”

“There is already a by-product to this growth as more and more HOA and private communities see the value of offering courts to their residents.  I am aware of at least 4 or 5 communities discussing expansion or improvements as a result of the work being down by our local ambassadors…this is no fad, this is real.”

“We have a very proactive group of ambassadors in Phoenix and the following are to be recognized for the long hours and hard work to achieve this: Joan Gillespie, Denise Smith, Mary Travis, Jeff Ross, Dutch Vander Laan and Susan Manolis.”

Look out world, pickleball has risen out of the ashes and found a new home in Metro Phoenix.

Phoenix, AZ     3-3-2017

Preventing Pickleball Injuries  

by Ryan Niedzielko, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, AZ Spine Disk and Sport

There is a common belief among pickleball players that the sport is inherently safe for people of all ages. Just like any physical activity, there is always risk for injury, especially if your body is not sufficiently prepared to participate in the demands of the sport. Whether it be a fall, ankle sprain, muscle strain, or tennis elbow, all of these issues often have common contributing factors that will increase your chance of injury. Here are a few of the most common culprits:

Fatigue.

Fatigue has a massive impact on your sport performance, along with your likelihood for injury. As our bodies fatigue, we naturally begin to compensate with different movement patterns, and oftentimes begin to put abnormal stresses into our joints and ligaments, which could lead to a variety of different overuse injuries or sprains. The best way to address fatigue in the short-term is to be honest with yourself. If you notice that your play is becoming sloppy, the quality of your footwork is declining, or it is taking longer than normal to catch your breath, you may want to avoid that extra game. In the long term, spend some days in the gym to work on increasing your strength and endurance. As your body is able to handle greater demands, your likelihood of injury will decrease.

Balance.

Find an area near a wall or counter top. Now, stand on one leg for 30 seconds, using the wall or counter top for assistance if you lose your balance. If you feel completely stable on both sides, great! If not, do you expect your balance to be any better when you are moving around the court and your focus is on the game? Additionally, consider that your balance is worse when you are fatigued. Wrist fractures are a common pickleball injury, and many of them stem from balance issues leading to a fall when trying to change direction during a game. Another balance consideration is your footwear. Do you have shoes that properly grip the surface of the court? If not, a sudden change in direction could lead to a slip and fall, regardless of how good your balance is normally.

There are plenty of other common contributors to injury, such as lacking a sufficient warm-up routine, lacking appropriate flexibility/mobility, and lacking good recovery habits (sleep, nutrition, and rest days). So how do we address these issues to avoid injury and keep playing this great game? These common contributors to injury can be easy to comprehend but difficult to fix without the help of an exercise professional or medical provider, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to resolve these issues. If you want help identifying your individual weaknesses and learning how to address them, especially if you already have some consistent aches and pains from playing pickleball, see a physical therapist for a full performance evaluation.

You can reach the author, Ryan Niedzielko, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, at http://www.azspinediscandsport.com/

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